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Surprised at this, he determined to withdraw to Todd's Tavern, but before his resolution could be put into exe passing it around the latter force, and reached Todd's Tavern by crossing the Po River at Corbin's bridge. Germising that he would retire in the direction of Todd's Tavern I immediately despatched Gregg's division there to his relief. Just beyond Todd's Tavern Gregg met Wilson, who was now being followed by the enemy's cavalry. k road beyond the Furnaces, and thence around to Todd's Tavern and Piney Branch Church. On the 6th, through sohould be regained. This led to the battle of Todd's Tavern, a spirited fight for the possession of the crostt's divisions in the open fields to the east of Todd's Tavern. During the preceding three days the infantrthe movement by a night march of the infantry to Todd's Tavern. In view of what was contemplated, I gave orderng the night of the 7th General Meade arrived at Todd's Tavern and modified the orders I had given Gregg and Me
rance of Fitzhugh Lee's troops on the right, and Hampton's strong resistance in front, rendered futile all efforts to carry the position; and, although I brought up one of Gregg's brigades to Torbert's assistance, yet the by-road I coveted was still held by the enemy when night closed in. This engagement, like that of the day before around Trevillian, was mostly fought dismounted by both sides, as had also been the earlier fights of the cavalry during the summer in the wilderness, at Todd's Tavern, Hawe's Shop, and Matadequin Creek. Indeed, they could hardly have been fought otherwise than on foot, as there was little chance for mounted fighting in eastern Virginia, the dense woods, the armament of both parties, and the practice of barricading making it impracticable to use the sabre with anything like a large force; and so with the exception of Yellow Tavern the dismounted method prevailed in almost every engagement. The losses at Mallory's Crossroads were very heavy on both